The United Nations Correspondents Association
Recent UNCA News
UNCA Film Screening of Documentary “Tickling Giants” by Sara Taksler based on Political Satirist Dr. Bassem Youssef
(From left: Ahmed Fathi, UNCA Executive Member/Moderator; Bassem Youssef,...
BRIEFING with Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council to launch 2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement
From left: Sherwin Brye-Pease (UNCA President), Alexandra Bilak (IDMC),...
UNCA Film Screening of Sebastian Junger & Nick Quested documentary “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS”
(from left: Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA President), Sebastian Junger, Nick...
UNCA Press Conference with Human Rights Watch on New Chemical Attacks in Syria
(From left: Akshaya Kumar, Ken Roth, Lama Fakih) The...
UNCA Report Launch with Save the Children on the Psychological Effects of Syria’s 6-year war on Children – Monday, March 6th, 2017
(From left: Michelle Nichols (UNCA Executive Member), Sonia Kush...
UNCA Press Conference with Human Rights Watch on Chemical Attacks in Syria
The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) hosted a press...
Save the Children Report launch “Forced to Flee: Inside the 21st Largest Country”
From left: Giampaolo Pioli, UNCA President; Carolyn Miles, Save...
UNCA Briefing on “Women and the U.N. Charter – A Southern Legacy.”
From left: Nabil Abi Saab, UNCA Vice President; Edith...
UNCA Book Club Series with Dr. Cass Sunstein on “The World According to Star Wars”, Friday, July 22
On Friday, July 22nd, the UN Correspondents Association initiated...
UNCA Book Presentation with author and Sky TG24 TV personality, Jordan Foresi, on “The Age of Hatred: Islam, Iran and the New Middle East”
(Above from left: Giampaolo Pioli, UNCA President; Jordan Leo...
UNCA Briefing on Combatting Cybersex Trafficking on a Global Scale with Mark Clookie, former NCIS Director & Clara Sommarin at UNICEF
(From left: Emoke Bebiak, UN Correspondents Association Executive Member/Moderator;...
Press Conference with Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The U.N. Correspondents Association held a press conference on...
UNCA Book Presentation & Discussion with Dr. Akiko Mikamo, author of “Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima”
The U.N. Correspondents Association hosted a book presentation and...
UNCA Press Conference with President of the Syrian National Coalition, Dr. Khaled Khoja
  The U.N. Correspondents Association hosted a press conference...
UNCA PRESS BRIEFING with Senator Mike Gravel – Monday, September 14, 2015
The U.N. Correspondents Association held a press briefing with...
UNCA Press Conference with lawyers from Roads of Success on victims of persecution from ISIS captivity and advancing religious minorities and women’s rights across the Middle East
On Tuesday, June 9th, the U.N. Correspondents Association held...
UNCA BRIEFING with Dr. Denis Mukwege, Founder & Medical Director Panzi Foundation, DRC & USA
The U.N. Correspondents Association held a press briefing with...
SAVE THE CHILDREN – State of the World’s Mothers Report- UNCA embargoed launch, Thursday, April 30th
(Photo: Cia Pak/Scannews) Then U.N. Correspondents Association held an...
ATTACKS ON THE PRESS, 2015 CPJ REPORT- LAUNCHED Monday, April 27th at UNCA Press Conference
The U.N. Correspondents Association held a press conference with...
UNCA Press Conference with International Peacemakers to Announce Women’s Walk for Peace and Reunification of Korea- Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
The U.N. Correspondents Association held a press conference with...
UNCA Press Conference with Physicians For Human Rights to Launch Report on Attacks on Health Care in Syria – Wednesday, March 11th
The U.N. Correspondents Association hosted a press conference with...
UNCA Book Presentation & Panel Discussion on “Digital Diplomacy: Conversations on Innovation in Foreign Policy” by Andreas Sandre MONDAY, February 23rd @3pm
On Monday, February 23rd, 2015, UNCA hosted a book...
UNCA Press Conference with Human Rights Watch on new research on use of barrel bombs in Syria- Tuesday, Feb. 24th
The U.N. Correspondents Association hosted a press conference by...
UNCA Executive Committee Annual Luncheon with the U.N. Secretary-General, Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
The U.N. Correspondents Association 2015 Executive Committee annual luncheon...
UNCA PRESS CONFERENCE with HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on Report on Darfur- Wednesday, February 11
  (photo Cia Pak, Scannews) UNCA hosted a press...

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) was founded in 1948 at Lake Success on Long Island where the United Nations was temporarily located.

At the time, the United Nations had 56 member nations.  UNCA started with fifty members, mostly representatives of American and Canadian media.  The first president of UNCA was an American John G. Rogers, correspondent for the New York Tribune.

The relationship between the United Nations Correspondents Association, as the organization representing the United Nations press corps, and the Secretary-General is based on an agreement dated, September 16th, 1995 and embodied in the UNCA constitution.

As the role and the influence of the United Nations grew in the world, the number of correspondents also grew.

From its inception, UNCA worked to bring correspondents, members of diplomatic delegations and the  Department of Public Information together by organizing press conferences, social functions, luncheons and an annual awards event.

Among the eminent guest of UNCA were King Hussein of Jordan, Prime Minister Fidel Castro of Cuba, Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, Polish leader Edward Gierek, French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann, the presidents of General Assemblies and the Secretaries-General.

After the death of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in a plane crash in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) on 17 September 1961, UNCA established the Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Scholarship Fund, which annually awards several young journalists from developing countries a stipend to visit the United Nations to cover the General Assembly.

In 1992, the UNCA Executive Committee established the global media awards for excellence in UN coverage to journalists from around the world including Africa, Asia, the Arab world, and Latin America.  The annual UNCA Awards is held annually in December in New York.

The United Nations Correspondents Association is incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) in the State of New York.

The United Nations Correspondents Association is recognized annually in a resolution adopted by the General Assembly under the mandate of the Committee to Review United Nations Public Information Policies and Activities, known as The Committee on Information.  In its 2013 resolution, the General Assembly commended the United Nations Correspondents Association for its ongoing activities.